Ford F-150: The Best-Selling Truck in North America for 44 Years (and counting)
If you tell someone to close their eyes and imagine a pickup truck, chances are they’ll picture a Ford-F150. It’s a truck so iconic that it has become synonymous with the word truck itself. But why has the Ford F-150 been so much more successful than its competition for almost half a century?
In truth, the F-150 just outperforms the competition year in and year out. With more best-in-class features than any other lineup of trucks, the F-series trucks, such as the F-150, consistently prove to be a cut above the rest; and this year is no exception. The 2021 Ford F-150 has once again been named the IIHF North American Truck of the Year, which is not at all surprising given everything it has to offer.
In this brief article, we’ll take a look at the specs, tech, and features of the Ford F-150, so that you can see for yourself why it’s America’s favorite pickup.
F 150 Overview
With best-in-class payload and towing, it’s easy to see why the F-150 is America’s choice. With six available engines, including the showstopping 3.5-Liter Power Boost Hybrid V6, the F-150 is the perfect mix of raw power, rugged capability, and unsurpassed dependability.
A truck that was truly designed for hard work, the new Ford F-150 even comes with a built-in workstation that folds down right from the center console; and it gets even more impressive when you look at all of the other features, including the available 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford F-150 Performance
7.2kW of exportable power
With up to 7.2kW of available exportable power on select models, the F-150 ensures you always have power on the job site. With ample wattage, you can run table saws, charge batteries, or even power a jackhammer right from the F150’s power supply.
12″ Digital Productivity Screen
The Ford F-150 actually features two available 12″ displays; one is part of the new SYNC4 entertainment system, and the other is an in-dash productivity screen that allows you to monitor the onboard safety systems and perform other tasks, such as switching between the various selectable drive modes to optimize your ride for the terrain you’re on.
Rear-Locking Under Seat Storage
Sometimes, when on the job, you may need to secure your valuables or equipment; the F-150 features ample cargo space both in the cab and in the box, but now it also features lockable safe storage under the seat.
The all-new smart hitch has been designed to make hitching a trailer or boat as easy as can be. The hitch can be positioned electronically so that picking up your load can be quick and easy, and you won’t have to spend hours securing your trailer; you can pick up your load and be on your way within just a few minutes.
The F-150 new features built-in onboard scales so that you can be sure of exactly how much weight you have in tow. This can be a great feature if you get paid by weight, such as when offloading scrap, timber, metal, or other construction materials.
Perhaps, the most advanced new feature in any vehicle, the BlueCruise system, allows drivers on eligible roads to drive their vehicle hands-free. The system uses a driver-facing camera to ensure that you still have your eyes on the road, but as long as you do, and you’re on one of the 100,000 miles of integrated “blue zones,” you won’t need to worry about driving the F-150 and you can just sit back and enjoy the journey.
Over the coming years and decades, more and more interstate and public roads will become equipped to support BlueCruise, which means that when you buy a new Ford F-150, you’ll be setting yourself up to take advantage of the most cutting-edge, innovative tech for many years to come.
Ford Entertainment System
Next-Gen Cloudbased SYNC4 System
For years the SYNC3 system was the best infotainment console in the industry, and now SYNC is back and better than ever with the brand-new cloud-based SYNC4 system. The system runs on a 12″ HD touchscreen display and integrates with your devices to deliver seamless streaming audio and entertainment throughout your trip.
Wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto
In addition to the SYNC4 system, the F-150 features built-in wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, meaning that as long as you have your device in the truck, you’ll be able to pick up your playlist just where you left off before heading out on the road.
Different F-150 Models
The F-150 has had many iterations over the years; most of them were the best trucks available in their day, and the new ones are no exception. The present generation of F-150’s is available in eight different models, including:
- The F-150 XL
- The F-150 XLT
- The F-150 Lariat
- The King Ranch
- The F-150 Platinum
- The F-150 Limited
- The Tremor
- The Raptor
New and used Ford F-150’s generally range in price from $15,000 – $75,000 depending on the year and model, but keep in mind that even F-150’s that are a few years old is still, in most cases, reliable and well-performing machines.
Right now, Prieto Automotive has a great selection of new and used Ford F-150’s on sale, so if you want the best truck in the country for an excellent price, then be sure to get in touch with Prieto today.
Why Choose Prieto Automotive?
Serving Fresno, Clovis, Sonora, Sanger, Madera, and Selma, Prieto Automotive is California’s premier destination for new and used Ford Trucks. To learn more about the Ford F-150 or schedule a test drive, be sure to contact us today.